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TheDyirbal language of north Queensland / R. M. W. Dixon
Bib ID 2575463
Format BookBook
Dixon, R. M. W. (Robert Malcolm Ward), 1939-
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Description London : Cambridge University Press, 1972 
xxiii, 420 p., [4] p. of plates : ill., map, ports ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 0521085101

Cambridge studies in linguistics ; 9.


Revision of sections on grammar & phonology of authors Ph.D. Thesis; brief introduction to grammatical characteristics of Australian languages (including map); Dyirbal; Linguistic type, dialects (Dyirbal, Giramay, Mamu, Gulngay, Dyiru, Ngadyan) & tribes speaking them (including map), surrounding languages, culture and contact history; detailed discussion of grammatical facts of Dyirbal - word classes, syntax, phonology; discussion of deep syntax in terms of transformational grammar nominative - ergative deep structure, possessive phrases as a type of relative clause, relation between nominal and verbal instrumental constructions; phonology; semantics including data on mother-in-law avoidance language; structure of lexical roots; onomatopoeia; prehistory; general discussion of lexical diffusion in Australia & inapplicability of lexicostatistic methods; evolution of the Dyirbal dialects, recent augmentation of mother-in-law vocabulary; language movement in the Cairns rain forest region; reconstruction of grammatical changes in Dyirbal; Dyirbal logic; previous work on the language; three texts, one with morpheme-by-morpheme glosses & all with literal running translations - the first man, the first baby and the origin of female sexual organs (Mamu dialects); autobiographical story involving dambun, a legendary spirit (Dyirbal dialect); story of Mubunginmi, who became a rainbow serpent (Mamu); vocabulary, limited to items occurring in grammatical examples & texts; index of affixes; includes many references throughout to other Australian languages (indexed); original analysis of demonstrative pronouns in Wemba-Wemba.

Full contents Machine derived contents note: Preface; 1. Australian languages; 2. Dyirbal: the language and its speakers; 3. word classes; 4. Syntax; 5. Deep syntax; 6. Morphology; 7. Phonology; 8. Semantics; 9. Lexicon; 10. Prehistory; Appendices. 

Bibliography: p. 411-417.

Subjects Dyirbal language.  |  Social organisation - Avoidance rules - Language.  |  Settlement and contacts - Colonisation - 1851-  |  Settlement and contacts.  |  Family - Mothers in law.  |  Language - Linguistics - Grammar and syntax - Affixes.  |  Language - Linguistics - Grammar and syntax - Onomatopoeia.  |  Language - Linguistics - Grammar and syntax - Parts of speech.  |  Social organisation - Avoidance rules - Avoidance relationships.  |  Language.  |  Language - Change.  |  Language - Classification and evolution.  |  Language - Linguistics - Phonology and phonetics.  |  Race relations - Violent - Massacres, murders, poisonings etc. - To 1900.  |  Race relations - Racial discrimination.  |  Stories and motifs - Rainbow serpent.  |  Language - Secret and special languages.  |  Language - Semantics.  |  Language - Texts and translations - Aboriginal to non-Aboriginal language.  |  Language - Linguistics - Vocabulary and grammar - Nouns and ergatives.  |  Language - Linguistics - Vocabulary and grammar - Pronouns.  |  Dyirbal / Djirbal / Jirrabul language (Y123) (Qld SE55-05)  |  Dyirbal / Djirbal / Jirrabul people (Y123) (Qld SE55-05)  |  Djiru / Dyiru language (Y124) (Qld SE55-06)  |  Djiru / Dyiru people (Y124) (Qld SE55-06)  |  Girramay language (Y127) (Qld SE55-06)  |  Girramay people (Y127) (Qld SE55-06)  |  Malanbarra / Gulngay language (Y126) (Qld SE55-06)  |  Malanbarra / Gulngay people (Y126) (Qld SE55-06)  |  Mamu language (Y122) (Qld SE55-06)  |  Mamu people (Y122) (Qld SE55-06)  |  Ngadyan / Ngadjon language (Y121) (Qld SE55-06)  |  Ngadyan / Ngadjon people (Y121) (Qld SE55-06)  |  Wemba Wemba / Wamba Wamba language (D1) (Vic, NSW SI54-16)  |  Wemba Wemba / Wamba Wamba people (D1) (Vic, NSW SI54-16)  |  Cape York Peninsula (Qld SC54, SD54, SD55)  |  Cairns (NE Qld SE55-02)  |  Tasmania (Tas)


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